[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Another Take on Obama's Big Speech

Friday, March 21, 2008

Another Take on Obama's Big Speech

I wanted to comment on Robert's excellent post, but my comment expanded so much that I decided to put it up as a separate post.

I wasn't planning to vote for Obama, and his speech confirms my impression of him as a socialist and weak. Wright, a racist, anti-American demagogue, is the guy Obama chose as spiritual leader? (Or maybe Mrs. Obama chose him. Same problem.) And white Americans are supposed to accept Wright as perfectly OK because some black Americans do? I don't see this happening. What I see is a serious problem in the political culture of black Americans who think Wright and others like him are anything but destructive, and I think that the Wright controversy has made many white Americans aware of this problem for the first time. The "national discussion about race" in this case looks like it may be evolving into a public discussion about black racism.

I doubt that any of this will help Obama's campaign unless he cuts Wright loose in every way, as he has refused to do. Most whites nowadays are not racists and would be happy to elect a competent black person President, which is one reason why Obama's campaign has done so well. But most whites nowadays are also too young to be tainted by or guilty about racial discrimination. They are probably going to look at the controversy about Wright and think: He's your problem, not mine.

There's also the socialism. Obama doesn't acknowledge the possibility that excessive government is the cause of the problems he discusses. Bad schools, healthcare issues etc. are all problems caused by discrimination or victimization, usually by big business, and are to be remedied by government action. He blames international trade for moving jobs overseas, an argument that reveals either economic ignorance or dishonesty. Obama is, ideologically, a throwback to the 1940s and 1950s, when markets were discredited and mainstream thinking favored extensive government involvement in the economy. I don't think he can be elected President unless he can somehow convince voters that he's not a leftist. So far he's been remarkably consistent in his leftist rhetoric, so I doubt that he will be elected unless McCain gets caught wearing a dress (or the political equivalent).

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Blogger Robert said...

Jonathan,

Thank you for your excellent insights. You need to do this more often around these parts! ;)

7:40 AM, March 21, 2008  
Blogger Ms Calabaza said...

I agree.

8:22 PM, March 21, 2008  
Blogger Ziva said...

Dittom you nailed it.

11:08 PM, March 21, 2008  
Blogger Agustin Farinas said...

Well said.
I think Mr. Obama has a big problem he is not going to be able to put behind before the Nov. elections. Although the MSM have not joined in the controversy as much as we would like, once the winner of the Democratic primaries has been defined, this issue will resurface and will again create a furor.
We live in the age of YouTube, and the reverend Wright's videotapes are there for all to see.
Obama can say what he wants and try to sweeten the pill, but many folks will be asking the troublesome question:
How can you attend a church for over 20 years and not once hear these anti-american rantings and furthermore, if you did, why didn't you object and protested?
Why, if you were so proud of your pastor, who married you, and baptized your children, did you not bring him out when you announced your run for the Presidency?
Someone should ask Obama how come if he has known for so long about the award given to Mr. Farrakhan for Man of the Year from his church, he never came out and objected to it, and said it was wrong to reward a person who is a known racist and anti-semite?
How come the pastor was on his advisory committee until the day the controversy surfaced?
He cannot claim ignorance of these facts, because they were known to the media.
What kind of judgement does that show?
And this is the guy we want to trust with the responsibility of red button?
How comfortable are you with that premise?

1:01 PM, March 22, 2008  

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